State of Ohio Archives: on Families & Children


Mike DeWine: Got waiver to deliver school lunches to quarantined kids

Something very important for us, when we close the schools, we want to make sure that kids continue to get food. Department of Agriculture gave us a waiver within 24 hours, so we can actually take this food, this normal school lunch program, and take it out to kids, distribute it in different areas. Some school districts are actually going to take that out, put it on a bus, and travel around and distributing it. But we have had to get a waiver from the federal government.
Source: CNN 2020 "State of the Union": 2022 Ohio Gubernatorial race Mar 15, 2020

Jim Renacci: Marriage should be between one man & one woman

Q: Support gay marriage?

Sherrod Brown (D): Yes. "Practicing family values means loving all God's children."

Jim Renacci (R): No. "Marriage should be between one man & one woman."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Mike DeWine: Religious employers may exclude contraception from insurance

Q: Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Richard Cordray (D): No. Require employers to provide coverage of contraception in health insurance plans. Considers it key element of women's health care.

Mike DeWine (R): Yes. Considers this an issue of religious freedom for employers.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Richard Cordray: Require contraception as part of all employer health plans

Q: Contraception: Allow employers to withhold contraceptive coverage from employees if they disagree with it morally?

Richard Cordray (D): No. Require employers to provide coverage of contraception in health insurance plans. Considers it key element of women's health care.

Mike DeWine (R): Yes. Considers this an issue of religious freedom for employers.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Governor race Oct 9, 2018

Sherrod Brown: Practicing family values means loving all God's children

Q: Support gay marriage?

Sherrod Brown (D): Yes. "Practicing family values means loving all God's children."

Jim Renacci (R): No. "Marriage should be between one man & one woman."

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Ohio Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Richard Cordray: Focus on kitchen table issues & improving family life

Former consumer watchdog Richard Cordray says he will focus his campaign for governor on improving the lives of Ohio's families. At a hometown diner crowded with press and supporters, the 58-year-old Cordray said Tuesday that he will focus on "kitchen table issues" like the costs of health care and college.
Source: WLWT 5 Cincinnati on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race Dec 5, 2017

Jon Husted: American family is broken without two loving parents

On schools: "I got two parents who loved me, taught me good values and prepared me for life. If that hadn't happened, I wouldn't be here today. I wouldn't have much of an opportunity," Husted said of his adoptive parents. "There's no better instrument of education than two loving parents who give a great upbringing to a child and get them launched into life with some hope," he said. "Problem is, we have so many who won't, or can't. The American family today is probably as broken as it has ever been."
Source: Toledo Blade on 2018 Ohio gubernatorial race May 23, 2017

John Kasich: CATCH court: prostitutes are victims of human trafficking

All these ladies are coming into Judge Paul Herbert's court. He's checking them out and putting them all in jail. They find out they've been human trafficked. They're prostitutes because they have a pimp who is out there putting them out on the street. Drugging them, beating them, all horrible things we can imagine. So the judge is the founder and driving force in Franklin County's CATCH court. Changing Actions to Change Habits. He began to realize that these people were not criminals. They were not defendants--they were victims. And they should not be subjected to criminal punishment from which they may never recover. His CATCH court diverts these victims into a two-year program that may include residential detox therapy, treatment for depression and other mental illness, and they can get help to find employment. And best of all, when they graduate, they have the opportunity to have their convictions dismissed and their records sealed. He has helped 200 women get assistance.
Source: 2017 Ohio State of the State address Apr 5, 2017

John Kasich: Re-prioritize family planning funds away from abortion

Under Gov. John Kasich (R), countless people in Ohio have lost access to all forms of reproductive health care. But Kasich signed a bill cutting $1.3 million in funding to Planned Parenthood. The cuts [did not target abortion programs, but general health programs], and also targeted Planned Parenthood's infant mortality program--an issue Kasich falsely claimed to have addressed.

Kasich has used his tenure as governor to relentlessly attack women's health on multiple fronts. Kasich's aides drafted restrictive anti-abortion language in Ohio's 2013 budget, requiring licensing regulations for clinics. This led to the closure of half of the state's outpatient abortion clinics. The bill also contained provisions mandating ultrasounds for abortions, blocking funding for rape crisis centers that provide information about abortion, and "re-prioritizing" family planning funds away from Planned Parenthood to crisis pregnancy centers, which routinely lie to patients.

Source: Rewire.com FactCheck on 2018 Ohio Gubernatorial race Mar 30, 2016

P.G. Sittenfeld: Fight for the right to paid sick days

When employees are required to work more than 40 hours per week, I agree with President Obama that employers should be required to pay time and a half wages--and I will seek more generous child care assistance for parents who want to work but can't afford the sky-high costs of quality day care.

I will also fight for the right of full-time workers to earn a set number of paid sick days each year. Right now, America is the only major industrialized country that does not require employers to provide paid sick days. Well, I say that if all those other countries can do it without hurting their economies, we can too.

And when I become a Senator, I won't rest until paid sick days become a reality--not just in Ohio, but for hard-working people all across America.

Source: 2016 Ohio Senate race: Center of Hope Baptist Church speech Aug 9, 2015

John Kasich: De-fund all family planning centers that discuss abortion

Kasich signed a bill that merges his party's anti-contraception and anti-abortion agendas into one. The budget bill packs a one-two-three punch of making it harder for women to prevent pregnancies, harder for women to terminate pregnancies, and harder for low-income women to keep their babies.

HB59 has a bunch of severe anti-abortion riders on it, including a mandatory ultrasound. The defunding of contraception services in the state may manage to do even more damage to women's health than the abortion restrictions.

Family planning centers will now basically not be able to get any funding at all for contraception services, even if they don't provide abortion. Merely making abortion referrals, which all medically respectable clinics do, is enough to make your clinic last priority for funding. And it's not just contraception providers that are hurt by acknowledging that abortion exists. If a rape crisis center counsels a woman who asks about abortion, they will also be defunded.

Source: Slate.com on Ohio legislative records: House Bill 59 Jul 1, 2013

Lee Fisher: Wrote Ohio's Missing Children law & Clearinghouse

Source: 2010 Senate campaign website, fisherforohio.com, "Issues" Dec 25, 2009

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